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Police investigating into attack on Kharkiv language protesters

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Aug. 15, 2012, 12:49 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

An opposition party activist holds a giant national flag as riot policemen stand guard during a protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv on July 30, 2012.
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KHARKIV – The police are investigating into the fact of an attack on Kharkiv protesters against the adoption of the language law last night, according to the public liaisons department of the Main Department of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Kharkiv region.

"The fact was registered properly in the register of Dzerzhynsky district police office in Kharkiv and witnesses are being questioned to collect primary materials and make a decision under the current legislation," reads the statement.

The police office said that at around 1:30 a.m. they received a call and were informed that "the participants of the protest against the language law allegedly were attacked and their four national flags were stolen, agitation materials were cut off by a knife, torn off, and stolen." According to the police office, an investigatory and operational group was sent immediately to the scene of the attack.

As reported, unidentified sportive people attacked a camp of protesters against the adoption of the language law on August 15 at night in Kharkiv. According to the protesters, they had to wait for the arrival of the police for more than an hour.

The protesters promised to resume the rally as soon as they restore posters and buy new flags.

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